News and Views

Posted: 19th April
School girls in Ethiopia
Catherine Dolan, Julie Hennegan and Gabby Edlin discuss the challenges faced by women and girls without access to sanitary products, or a safe place to use them. Published on Project Syndicate on 17 April 2018.
Posted: 18th April
Photograph of two young women who belong to a youth campaigning group which campaigns for child rights (including why early marriage is harmful) in Zambia

In this talk Nicola Ansell (Professor of Human Geography at Brunel University London) questions whether child marriage campaigns take account of the contexts, or the complexity, of young women's lives. She argues that calls for a universal age limit of 18 for marriage are missing the point.

Posted: 12th April

The Open University and coordinating team, commissioned by Research Councils UK (RCUK), is leading a study on Understanding and Improving ‘Fair and Equitable Research Partnerships’ in Response to Global Challenges, and currentl

Posted: 27th March
James Georgalakis on provocative questions, how to frame research evidence for different audiences, and key messages on improving women's life choices drawn from ESRC-DFID research.
Posted: 15th March
Logo and slider from the IDS Institutional Repository - IDS Open Docs.
A key aspect of the Impact Initiative’s work is to ensure that research reaches the right people to help inform decision making. In a strand of our work that we call “legacy services”, we identify outputs - including reports, papers and briefings - and publish them in an open access repository. Kelly Shephard (IDS) explains the benefits of storing documents in an open access repository.
Posted: 8th March
Photo of man on a wheelchair tricycle in Africa
A three-year project, enabled by ESRC-DFID, has been exploring how people with disabilities fare in the face of international development efforts. Key findings from the research will be presented at a two-day conference in London from 12 to 13th March. Grant holders, Professor Nora Groce and Dr Maria Kett blog about their hopes that this event will identify key entry points for governments, donors, policymakers and other stakeholder to reduce the risk of a widening gap between disabled and non-disabled people.
Posted: 8th March
Does Life Stop When You're Having Your Period? Campaign message
Traditional and cultural expectations, low economic status or lack of access to healthcare and education are persistent and major barriers for women and girls. These barriers remind us that we need to change the structures and policies that continue to hold women back. With this as the backdrop, the Impact Initiative is launching its campaign #Policies4 Improving Life Choices for Women, proposing policy ideas and innovations that could empower women. The campaign will highlight the evidence and research funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme that should inform decision making and interventions.
Posted: 6th February
Group of children, Uganda
DFID’s new education policy ‘Get children learning’ has called for a united effort by global and national leaders to address the learning crisis and ensure poor and marginalised children - who face the greatest challenges - are not left behind.
Posted: 24th January
Detail from Jorge Martin's wall illustration showing importance of narratives from an Impact Initiative workshop on research evidence
Kelly Shephard, Head of Knowledge, Impact and Policy at IDS, presents a new series of impact stories, produced by the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative, which examine a range of challenges that occurred during the research process, the different approaches taken, and how barriers in achieving impact were overcome. Ultimately, the stories demonstrate how research funded through the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership is improving the lives of people around the world in positive ways.
Posted: 22nd January
hand drawn illustration of accessing, using and communicating research
The SDGs have increased the focus on including people with disabilities in development reforms. However, as the World Disability Report (2011) highlights, one of the biggest challenges for decision-makers aiming to improve access and learning for children with disabilities is the lack of reliable data and evidence to shape effective policies and programmes. In order to understand how individuals working in international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and other policy organisations engage with evidence on disability and education the Impact Initiative identified and scoped the work of 19 key organisations working in this area

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